“I believe governments should embrace open data. This competition is a great opportunity to demonstrate why.” — Neelie Kroes, European Commission, Vice President
“I would like to hereby express my support to the Open Data Challenge, and commend the Open Knowledge Foundation for organising this groundbreaking pan-European initiative to stimulate innovation based on public sector information reuse” —  Severin Naudet, data.gouv.fr

The Open Data Challenge was Europe’s biggest open data competition to date — with over 430 entries from 24 of Europe’s 27 Member States. Working on a tight timeline it galvanised over 40 partners and sponsors — from cities and CSOs to major media partners like the Guardian, La Stampa, ora Die Zeit Online and judges such as inventor of the world wide web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes.

Identifying and highlighting some of the most innovative projects in Europe, it put open data at the top of the agenda at Europe’s biggest digital policy event in Brussels — helping to create significant momentum for open data amongst high level stakeholders in the EU and in European member states. The international attention from the competition boosted public support for one of the 1st prize winners, ZNasichDani.sk, at a time when they were facing a court injunction over their project to show which individuals and companies do business with the government in Slovakia.